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It does take a little work to be a vegetarian& but it's so worth it, oh it's so worth it!

Hedren, Tippi

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

x

Right now, I'm pro-leave beef alone. Big shout-out to all the vegetarians who don't want beef! (Us Weekly)

Rule, Ja

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

x

Vegetarians always ask about getting enough protein. But I don't know any nutrition expert who can plan a diet of natural foods resulting in a protein deficiency, so long as you're not deficient in calories. You need only 5 or 6 percent of total calories in protein... and it is pratically impossible to get below 9 percent in ordinary diets.

Pritikin, Nathan

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

x

"I'm 23 now, and I've grown into this woman. I feel sexy and more mature. I wanted these inside changes to be reflected in both my look and music. I am a vegan now, and it was a conscious decision. I studied a lot about African culture and health and the best way to take care of the body. I really wanted to be healthy. At first I was just trying to challenge myself; I thought it was a phase and that I would grow out of it, but it wasn't. I found out a lot about the body and what [hormones] they put in meat. My taste buds started changing, and I didn't crave [meat and dairy products] anymore."

Brandy

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

40 years ago on the set of Gunsmoke I read the book The Holy Science. Since then I have not eaten meat.

Weaver, Dennis

actor, Gunsmoke

1924

 

 

1

 

 

y

Dr. Dolittle is a reluctant but dedicated vegetarian. Being around all the animals in the film made me one too.

Eggar, Samantha

movie star

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

For Folks Who Eat (re cod liver oil, liver etc.) Eating liver out of a cow's body is like eating the filter out of a car.

Gregory, Dick

author of Cookin With Mother Nature

1932

 

 

1

 

1

y

herself a vegetarian because of Danny DeVito's example, star of Taxi, asked by Larry King.. "Is that true... that Danny DeVito won't harm cockroaches on the set of Taxi?" replied "No Larry and he doesn't eat them either".

Henner, Mary Lou

American actress

1987

 

 

1

 

 

y

I don't eat meat, fish, or eggs. I was never a big meat-eater, but I've got more energy now," says Shania, who hasn't eaten an animal since she married longtime vegetarian (and record producer) Mutt Lange.

Twain, Shania

Canadian singer

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

I grew up in cattle country-that's why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.

Lang, K.D.

singer

1990

 

 

1

 

 

y

I love to cook. Very healthy eating. ..." Twain also forgoes meat, dairy, and eggs. "Nothing," she declares, "that had to die." Tv Guide

Twain, Shania

Canadian singer

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

I sometimes think, would I drink the milk from the breast of a woman I don't know? No. So I think, why would I drink it from a cow.

Aoki, Devon

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.

Eastwood, Clint

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

I'm picky when it comes to food-as long as there's no meat in it.

Bloom, Orlando

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

It may be vain to ask why the imagination will not be reconciled to flesh and fat. I am satisfied that it is not. Is it not a reproach that man is a carnivorous animal? True, he can and does live, in a great measure, by preying on other animals; but this is a miserable way - as anyone who will go to snaring rabbits, or slaughtering lambs, may learn - and he will be regarded as a benefactor of his race who shall teach man to confine himself to a more innocent and wholesome diet.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet. Wrote "Civil Disobedience"

1817

1862

"Disobedience," influenced Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.

1

 

 

y

I've been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It's been all good. I'm obviously much healthier

Harrelson, Woody

American actor

1961

 

 

1

 

 

y

Kids nowadays...tend to go overboard on protein --- something I believe to be totally unnecsssary...I state in my formula for basic good eating: Eat about one gram of protein for every two pounds of body weight.

Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Governor of California

 

 

actor

1

 

 

y

My wife actually got worried about my drinking so much regular milk, you know, so she got me into rice milk and now soy milk, which I greatly enjoy. A soy mocha's a fine thing.

Nelson, Willie

musician

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.

Silverstone, Alicia

American actress

1997

 

 

1

 

 

y

on being sued by Amarillo cattle ranchers for saying: "I'm stopped. I'll never eat another burger".

Winfrey, Oprah

TV talk show host

1998

 

 

1

 

 

y

One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;" and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.

Thoreau, Henry David

essayist and poet. Wrote "Civil Disobedience"

1817

1862

"Disobedience," influenced Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr.

1

 

2

y

The average age (longevity) of a meat eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.

Shaw, George Bernard

playwright, Nobel prize 1925

1856

1950

vegetarian

1

 

 

y

The closer you can live to being a vegetarian the better.

Player, Gary

prof. golfer, South Africa

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

The most energetic workers I have encountered in my world travels are the vegetarian miners of Chile.

Darwin, Charles

English scientist

1809

1882

 

1

 

 

y

There exists a substantial body of competent and reliable scientific evidence that eating eggs increases the risk of heart attacks or heart disease....This evidence is systematic, consistent, strong, and congruent.

Barnes, Ernest G.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

Vegetarianism, that is me. I don't eat meat. It's been over 10 years. Actually it's been 11 and a half years and I feel good and I feel like I look good and I have energy and you have to look at what you're putting in your body. I eat vegetables and I eat grain and I take care of myself and I don't think I look that bad, do I?

Bingham, Tracy

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

y

It used to be if a bird had a severe contamination, you condemned the sucker. But nowadays my own supervising inspector says, There can be no more bad birds on your tally. You've had to many.

Unknown

a seven year poultry inspector

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide-laden corpse of a tortured animal.

Newkirk, Ingrid

co-founder of PETA

1990

 

 

1

 

 

 

A change in our diet could change our destiny.

Jetha, Akbarali

 

 

 

from "Reflections"

1

 

 

 

A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butchers stall passes as food.

Kellogg, Dr. John H.

surgeon, inventor, father of breakfast cereal

1852

1953

 

1

 

 

 

A Univ of NC study linked hot dogs to childhood leukemia.

Wolff, Kathy

Fox News

2001

 

 

1

 

 

 

All wholesome food is caught without a net or a trap.

Blake, William

English poet, painter

1757

1827

 

1

 

 

 

An important fact to remember is that all natural diets, including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy products, contain amounts of calcium that are above the treshold for meeting your nutritional needs....In fact, calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount if calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans.

McDougall, John

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Animals are becoming more diseased and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh-day Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared, so that men and women will not need to eat meat.

White, Ellen

co-founder Seventh Day Adventists

1827

1915

 

1

 

 

 

As happened with tobacco, health warnings about meat eating are multiplying, and awareness of the environmental effects of meat production is rising. Just as cigarettes lost their allure, meat is losing its social cachet in some countries. Food marketers in the United Kingdom estimate that 2 million people in that country are strict vegetarians. More important, the number of people limiting meat in their diets is rising rapidly. An estimated 6 million people in the United Kingdom dine on meatless meals most of the time.

Durning, Alan B. & Brough, Holly B.

from Taking Stock: Animal Farming and the Environment, Worldwatch Institute, 1991

1991

 

 

1

 

 

 

Based on my experience in Los Angeles, my advice to the public is not to eat meat.

Natavidad, Gregorio

USDA Meat Inspector

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Cow's milk is not suited for human consumption. Milk causes constipation, biliousness, coated tongue, headache, and these are the symptoms of intestinal auto-intoxication.

Kloss, Jethro

author

 

 

wrote "Back to Eden"

1

 

 

 

Disease is due to lack of awareness whereas ageing is due to our faulty diet.

Jetha, Akbarali

 

 

 

from "Reflections"

1

 

 

 

Everything we need to feed ourselves and to restore and please us is abundantly provided in the inexhaustible store of Nature. … In short our orchards offer all the delights imaginable while the slaughter houses and butchers are full of congealed blood and abominable stench.

Ray, John

British naturalist. "Father of English natural history"

1628

1704

developer of the botanical classification system

1

 

 

 

Excessive animal protein is at the core of many chronic diseases.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

1998

 

 

1

 

 

 

I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species. We err in copying the lower animal world - if we are superior to it

Gandhi, Mahatma

Indian statesman

1869

1948

Moral Basis of Vegetarianism, London Vegetarian Society, 1931

1

 

 

 

I don't eat chicken anymore. I won't eat it. I won't allow it in my house.

Leonard, Rodney

USDA Poultry Inspector

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.

Ornish, Dr. Dean

Harvard MD, Clinical Prof. of Medicine, UCSF Med. School

1995

 

physician to Pres. Bill Clinton

1

 

 

 

I have run into patients who undergo marked alterations in behavior patterns when ingesting dairy products, and whose behavior is totally changed by withholding them.

Murray, Dr. John J.

 

1979

 

Letter, Pediatrics 1979

1

 

 

 

I know hundreds of people who have spent years and thousands of dollars on tests looking for ulcers or spastic bowels. I tell them to lay off all dairy products for two weeks. The results are usually so striking that it changes thier lives.

Jacobs, David

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

I never really liked meat. I was a child that had to be forced to eat my meat. Whatever you ate before that you loved like turkey slices they've got a substitute now that's not hard to find.

Killer, Masta

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

I no longer recommend dairy products...there was a time when cow's milk was considered very desirable. But research along with clinical experience has forced doctors and nutritionists to rethink this recommendation.'

Spock, Dr. Benjamin

American pediatrician

1903

1998

wrote best-selling Baby and Child Care

1

 

 

 

I think and speak clearer since I cut the dairy out. I can breathe better and perform at a better rate, and my voice is clearer. I can explore different things with my voice that I couldn't do because of my meat and dairy ingestion. I am proud and blessed to be a vegetarian, everything became clear.

Unknown

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

I was raised on a dairy farm and ate plenty of meat and eggs until about twenty years ago. I started doing nutritional research, and a decade or so after that my family made some major dietary changes. I'm just paying attention to what the data are telling me. The scientific evidence came first.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

1998

 

 

1

 

 

 

I would expect an extremely high percentage of the chickens would test positive. Our poultry industry clients wouldn't like that.

Shelton, Brian

Pathogen Control

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

If you step back and look at the data, the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero.

Willet, Dr. Walter

M.D., Brigham & Women's Hosp., Harvard Med. Sch.

 

 

study found close correlation between meat consumption and colon cancer

1

 

 

 

I'm ashamed to even let people know I am a Usda inspector. There are thousands of diseased and unwholesome birds going right on down the line.

unknown

poultry inspector

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

In every respect, vegans appear to enjoy equal or better health in comparison to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

1998

 

 

1

 

 

 

In the next 10 to 15 years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein ... is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered. Risk for disease goes up dramatically when even a little animal protein is added to the diet.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

2000

 

 

1

 

 

 

Linda McCartney sausages were my favourite. They're much better than eating real sausages and you don't have to contemplate half way through exactly what's inside them. ... You can have them, a bit of fried bread, tinned tomatoes. Delicious.

Cowell, Simon

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

More and more we realize that vegetarian diet is a good idea.

Martin, Edward

head of DoD Health

 

 

statement on Nat. Pub. Radio

1

 

 

 

People who have red meat (trimmed or untrimmed) as a regular feature of their diets suffer in far greater numbers from heart attacks and strokes.

Klaper, Michael

author, lecturer, physician, environmentalist

2001

 

 

1

 

 

 

Some people are still going to want to eat meat.. we do agree though that vegetarianism is a healthier diet.

Stroud, David

American Meat Inst.

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.  If beef is your idea of "real food for real people" you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.

Barnard, Dr. Neal D.

President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

The body which is burdened with meat is afflicted with diseases. A moderate way of living makes the body healthier and stronger and cuts off the root of evil. The stream of meat darkens the light of the spirit. One can hardly have virtue if one enjoys meat and feasts.

Basil the Great, Saint

Bishop of Caesarea, Church Father, Doctor of the Church, founder of Monasticism

329

379

 

1

 

 

 

The FDA still cannot honestly assure the public that milk is safe.

Weiss, Ted

chrmn of House Gov. Op. Subcom. on Human Resources

1992

 

 

1

 

 

 

The recommended daily allowances are based on arbitrary, unscientific, and tainted standards (in a speech about his bill backed by 37 senators to reduce the power of the FDA)

Proxmire, William

U.S. Senator

1990

 

 

1

 

 

 

The standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.

Nestle, Marion

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

The thousands of people who have suffered food poisoning after eating beef will, no doubt, appreciate that their beef was aesthetically acceptable, even though it made them ill. `Lovely to look at, dangerous to eat' is not a standard that is likely to help beef sales.

Foreman, Carol Tucker

Asst. Secrty of Agri., on the USDA's Meat Inspection

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

The transfatty acids (found in animal products and cooked oils) are a factor in breast cancer.

Martin, Edward

head of DoD Health

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

The USDA recommendation of 2 servings of meat per day seems like too much.

Rehm, Diane

First Lady of Broadcasting

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

There is no doubt, that man is not built to be a carnivorous animal. … What a sweet, pleasing and innocent sight is the spectacle of a table served that way and what a difference to a make up of fuming animal meat, slaughtered and dead! Man in no way has the constitution of a carnivorous being. Hunt and voracity are unnatural to him. Man has neither the sharp pointed teeth or claws to slaughter his prey. On the contrary his hands are made to pick fruits, berries and vegetables and teeth appropriate to chew them

Ray, John

British naturalist. "Father of English natural history"

1628

1704

developer of the botanical classification system

1

 

 

 

There is strong medical evidence that complete freedom from eating animal flesh or cow's milk products is a gateway to optimal nutritional health.

Klaper, Michael

author, lecturer, physician, environmentalist

2001

 

 

1

 

 

 

There’s no reason to drink cow’s milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, not humans, and we should all stop drinking it today.

Oski, Dr. Frank

former Dir. of Pediatric Med., John Hopkins Med. School

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

This is one of many ways vivisectors try to get their promised cures to humans' illnesses AND money for them: "Urination: find out why an adult male dog lifts his leg to urinate while a female squats."

National Anti-Vivisection Society

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.

Buddha

 

(563)

(483)

 

1

 

 

 

To give a child animal products is a form of child abuse. (child's diabetes related to cows' milk.) (His book Food For Life cites 300 dietary studies.)

Barnard, Dr. Neal D.

President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

2000

 

 

1

 

 

 

Vegetarian wrestlers who do not work out lose their muscle much more slowly than nonvegetarians.

wrestler, Olympic

 

1990

 

 

1

 

 

 

Vegetarians have the best diet. They have the lowest rates of coronary disease of any group in the country....Some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have a fraction of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 percent of our cancer rate. They outlive other men by about six years now.

Castelli, Dr. William

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

We are basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant food and minimizing our intake of animal foods. study found a close correlation between meat consumption and heart disease and cancer.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

1998

 

director of study of 6,500 Chinese

1

 

 

 

We have built slaughter houses for animals and hospitals for ourselves.

Jetha, Akbarali

 

 

 

from "Reflections"

1

 

 

 

What we have come to consider as "normal" illnesses of aging are really not normal. In fact, these findings indicate that the vast majority, perhaps 80 to 90%of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other forms of degenerative illness can be prevented, at least until very old age, simply by adopting a plant-based diet.

Campbell, T. Colin

Prof. of Nutrition, Cornell Univ. 1998

2000

 

 

1

 

 

 

When we kill the animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings.

Roberts, Dr. William C.

editor: The American Journal of Cardiology

1997

 

 

1

 

 

 

Whether industralized societies...can cure themselves of thier meat addictions may ultimately be a greater factor in world health than all the docters,health insurance policies,and drugs put together.

Unknown

The China-Oxford-Cornell Project on Nutrition

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Would you like to go to pasture with a chicken,cut him up, then drop him into a fresh manure pile, and eat him? That's what the product is like coming from chicken plants today.

unknown

chicken inspector

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Yes, sometimes unusual things happen after a switch to a vegetarian diet. I've seen a number of cases in which the poor people broke out in violent attacks of good health, followed by bouts of physical exercise and sweet thoughts.

Unknown

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take.

Koop, C. Everett

former Surgeon General

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

When you see the golden arches you are probally on your way to the pearly gates.

Castelli, Dr. William

 

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

As soon as I realized that I didn't need meat to survive or to be in good health, I began to see how forlorn it all is.  If only we had a different mentality about the drama of the cowboy and the range and all the rest of it.  It's a very romantic notion, an entrenched part of American culture, but I've seen, for example, pigs waiting to be slaughtered, and their hysteria and panic was something I shall never forget.

Leachman, Cloris

U.S. Actress

1992

 

 

2

 

 

y

A reduction in beef and other meat consumption is the most potent single act you can take to halt the destruction of our environment and preserve our natural resources. Our choices do matter. What's healthiest for each of us personally is also healthiest for the life support system of our precious, but wounded planet.

Robbins, John

author "Diet for a New America"

1992

 

 

2

 

 

y

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.

Tolstoy, Leo

Russian author, War and Peace

1828

1910

 

2

 

 

y

As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.

Pythagoras

Greek mathematician

(569)

(475)

 

2

 

 

y

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by it's purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

Einstein, Albert

German physicist, Nobel prize 1921. His Theory of Relativity laid the foundation for our understanding of physical reality.

1879

1955

vegetarian .. took a tiny bite of meat once a year on a Jewish holiday to mollify his wife.

2

 

 

y

My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies.

Fields, W. C.

 

 

 

 

2

 

1

y

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

Einstein, Albert

German physicist, Nobel prize 1921. His Theory of Relativity laid the foundation for our understanding of physical reality.

1879

1955

vegetarian .. took a tiny bite of meat once a year on a Jewish holiday to mollify his wife.

2

 

 

y

Socrates: Would this habit of eating animals not require that we slaughter animals that we knew as individuals, and in whose eyes we could gaze and see ourselves reflected, only a few hours before our meal? Glaucon: This habit would require that of us. Socrates: Wouldn't this [knowledge of our role in turning a being into a thing] hinder us in achieving happiness? Glaucon: It could so hinder us in our quest for happiness. Socrates: And, if we pursue this way of living, will we not have need to visit the doctor more often? Glaucon: We would have such need. Socrates: If we pursue our habit of eating animals, and if our neighbor follows a similar path, will we not have need to go to war against our neighbor to secure greater pasturage, because ours will not be enough to sustain us, and our neighbor will have a similar need to wage war on us for the same reason? Glaucon: We would be so compelled. Socrates: Would not these facts prevent us from achieving happiness, and therefore the conditions necessary to the building of a just society, if we pursue a desire to eat animals? Glaucon: Yes, they would so prevent us.

Socrates, quoted by Plato

 

(470)

(390)

quoted by Plato (c.427 - c.323 BC) in The Republic

2

 

 

y

You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.

Adams, Scott

creator of the cartoon Dilbert

 

 

 

2

 

1

y

100,000 cows in the U.S. are alive at night and dead in the morning. These cows on the ground are ground into feed, making their fellows not only carnivores but cannibals. Europe after Mad Cows' Disease has banned this practice. The U.S has not yet.

Lyman, Howard

Director of Beyond Beef, former lobbyist for Farmers Union

1938

 

 

2

 

 

 

Americans consume, on average, 51 pounds of chicken every year, 15 pounds of turkey, 63 pounds of beef, 45 pounds of pork, 1 pound of veal, and 1 pound of lamb. 'More than ever,' reports our U.S. Department of Agriculture, 'we are a nation of meat eaters.' And now, with help from Dr. Atkins and his wonder diet, we have millions of consumers gorging themselves on nothing but flesh, one excess to correct their other excesses -- no thought whatever of taking their portion of meat even if we grant that meat production and the sufferings involved are necessary.

Scully, Matthew

speechwriter for US Pres. G.W. Bush. Wrote "Dominion"

 

 

USDA references are from the Agriculture Fact Book, 1998, pg. 8

2

 

 

 

With each egg we eat we imprison a chicken 25 to 32 hours in a cage.

Margolis, Art

 

1997

 

 

2

 

 

 

... Insatiable, unfathomable, gluttony searches every land and every sea. Some animals it persecutes with snares and traps, with hunting nets, with hooks, sparing no sort of toil to obtain them . . . There is no peace allowed to any species of being . . . No wonder that with so discordant diet disease is ever varying. . . Count the cooks you will no longer wonder at the innumerable number of human maladies. … If these maxims are true, the Pythagorean principles as to abstaining from flesh foster innocence; if ill-founded they at least teach us frugality, and what loss have you in losing your cruelty? I merely deprive you of the food of lions and vultures ... We shall recover our sound reason only if we shall separate ourselves from the herd - the very fact of the approbation of the multitude is a proof of the unsoundness of the opinion or practice. Let us ask what is best, not what is customary. Let us love temperance - let us be just - let us refrain from bloodshed. None is so near the gods as he who shows kindness.

Seneca, Lucius

Roman philosopher, statesman, advisor to the Emperor Nero

(5)

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How long shall we weary heaven with petitions for superfluous luxuries, as though we had not at hand wherewithal to feed ourselves? How long shall we fill our plains with huge cities? How long shall the people slave for us unnecessarily? How long shall countless numbers of ships from every sea bring us provisions for the consumption of a single mouth? An ox is satisfied with the pasture of an acre or two; one wood suffices for several elephants. Man alone supports himself by the pillage of the whole earth and sea. What! Has Nature indeed given us so insatiable a stomach, while she has given us such insignificant bodies? No, it is not the hunger of our stomachs, but insatiable covetousness which costs so much. … In the simpler times there was no need of so large a supernumerary force of medical men, nor of so many surgical instruments or of so many boxes of drugs. Health was simple for a simple reason. Many dishes have induced many diseases. Note how vast a quantity of lives one stomach absorbs ...

Seneca, Lucius

Roman philosopher, statesman, advisor to the Emperor Nero

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It appears that the first intention of the Maker was to have men live on a strictly vegetarian diet. The very earliest periods of Jewish history are marked with humanitarian conduct towards the lower animal kingdom...It is clearly established that the ancient Hebrews knew and perhaps were the first among men to know, that animals feel and suffer pain.

Glazer, Rabbi Simon

 

 

 

 

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Jews will move increasingly to vegetarianism out of their own deepening knowledge of what their tradition commands...Man's carnivorous nature is not taken for granted or praised in the fundamental teachings of Judaism...A whole galaxy of central rabbinic and spiritual leaders...has been affirming vegetarianism as the ultimate meaning of Jewish moral teaching.

Herzog, Rabbi Isaac ha-Levi

 

 

 

 

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The very people who shudder over the cruelty of the hunter are apt to forget that slaughter, in the grimmest sense of the word, is a process they entrust daily to the butcher; and that unlike the game of the forests, even the dumbest creatures of the slaughterhouse know what is in store for them.

Mumford, Lewis

American historian of technology

1895

1990

 

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Think of me tonite, For that which you savor. Did it give you something real, or could you taste the pain of my death in its flavor?

Tolson, Wayne K.

from Food Forethought

 

 

 

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A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.

Shaw, George Bernard

playwright, Nobel prize 1925

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1950

vegetarian

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I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it's important for the planet's survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you'll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days.

Blair, Linda

 

 

 

 

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By becoming a vegetarian out of ethical concern for animals, one ceases to contribute to roughly 90 percent of all animal cruelty, abuse and killing in the United States.

Murti, Vasu

 

 

 

 

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Why do we make one reform topic a hobby and forget all others? Mercy, Prohibition, Vegetarianism, Woman's Suffrage and Peace would make Old Earth a paradise, and yet the majority advocate but one, if any, of these.

Neff, Flora T.

 

 

 

 

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The first time I ever entered a battery house I thought it was the entrance to Hell

Spalding, Violet

founded "Chicken's Lib" in 1973

 

 

 

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There's so many vegetarian foods now that are available at the market . The same with drive-throughs. Now, a lot of them serve veggie burgers just like the restaurants are doing. So, it's really very easy.

Nealon, Kevin

 

 

 

 

 

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Objectification reduces sensitivity. Thus cows are called beef or head of cattle, pigs become pork, sheep mutton. The screams are muted.. and living creatures become plastic wrapped packages.

Fruitarian Network

 

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I brainwashed youngsters into doing wrong. I want to say sorry to children everywhere for selling out to concerns who make millions by murdering animals. ("Ronald McDonald" quit and publicly apologised).

Guiliano, Geoffrey

actor, 1980's

1985

 

 

 

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Incidence of lung and colorectal cancer is lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59 (suppl)         1    
Serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels are usually lower in vegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59         1    
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to be a cause of death in vegetarians than nonvegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr 1988;48 (suppl)         1    
Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because higher concentration of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals. Am J Clin Nutr 1996;63 (suppl)         1    
Vegetarians have a lower incidence of hypertension than nonvegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr 1994; 59 (suppl)         1    
Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59 (suppl):1176S-1181S         1    
Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because of their lower saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein content and often higher concentration of folate which reduces serum homocysteine levels. Amer. Dietetic Assoc, Journ. 1995:95              
Vegetarian diets low in fat or saturated fat have been used successfully as part of comprehensive health programs to reverse severe coronary artery disease. Amer. Med. Assoc, Journ 1995; 274              
Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that consume plant-based diets. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures, 1994              
Mortality from coronary artery disease is lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians. British Medical Journal 1994; 308              
Vegetarians often have lower mortality rates from several chronic degenerative diseases than do nonvegetarians. British Medical Journal 1996,; 313              
The study measured testosterone levels in 696 Oxford University men. Of the study participants, 233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and 237 were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products). The remaining 237 subjects were men who ate meat on most days of the week...vegans had higher testosterone levels than vegetarians and meat-eaters. Britsh Journal of Cancer 83(1), July 2000              
Reduced colorectal cancer risk is associated with increased consumption of fiber, vegetables, and fruit. Cancer Causes and Control 1991;1:427-442              
Some plant proteins may increase survival rates and decrease proteinuria, glomerular filtration rate, renal blood flow, and histologic renal damage compared with a nonvegetarian diet. Clinical Nutrition 1995; 10              
Significant athersclerosis is rare in peoples whose diet over the life span is predominantly vegetarian and low in calories, total lipids, saturated lipids and cholesterol. Katz, Louis Nutrition and Athersclerosis, 1958              
Drinking cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the World's population and the cause of multiple forms of allergies as well. Oski, Dr. Frank former Dir. of Pediatric Med., John Hopkins Med. School              
Vegan diets can meet the nutrient and energy needs of pregnant women. Birth weights of infants born to well nourished vegetarian women have been shown to be similar to birth-weight norms and to birth weights of infants of nonvegetarians. Pediatrics 1989;84              
I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn't take a genius to see where humans line up. Roberts, Dr. William C. editor: The American Journal of Cardiology 1997  

His view is that humans are not physiologically designed to eat meat.

       
Vegetarian diets have been successful in arresting coronary artery disease. Am J Epidemiol. 1995;142